BUCKHANNON – Undefeated Fairmont State scored the final 14 points of the game in a 31-17 victory over the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats in front of a soggy homecoming crowd at the Cebe Ross Field today in a Mountain East Conference game.
Wesleyan never led in the game but went toe-to-toe with the unbeaten Falcons, but in a reoccurring theme of the 2016 Bobcats, they came just short in the end.
Fairmont State built an early 10-0 lead but Wesleyan put together a nine-play, 77 yard-drive that was capped by a Michael Anderson (pictured) seven-yard run.
Anderson entered the game fourth in the nation in rushing and ran for another 100-yard game as he ended his day with 104 yards on 23 carries.
Tyler Fischer added a 21-yard field goal with less than a minute remaining in the second quarter to deadlock the game at 10-10.
That score would stand at the intermission.
A Wesleyan turnover gave Fairmont State a short field to work with as the Falcons went just 14 yards in three plays as they retook the lead at 17-10 with 9:04 left in the third quarter.
Late in the third quarter, Wesleyan started a drive at their own 12-yard line and went 88 yards in only nine plays and took just 3:25 off the clock.
Fischer was good on his point-after-kick as Wesleyan tied the game again, this time at 17-17.
The fourth quarter belonged to the Falcons.
On their next drive, they went 72 yards on only six plays as Terrell Charles went 26 yards on the ground for the score to give the Falcons a 24-17 lead.
Fairmont State put the game away when Cooper Hibbs found Jeff Iweh for a 17-yard pass with 1:32 remaining.
Wesleyan piled up 321 yards of offense as the picked up 224 yards through the air and 97 on the ground.
Deal completed 13 passes for 224 yards and one score.
His favorite target was Ian Waddell who caught three passes for 75 yards.
On the defensive side, Jabari Weems picked off another pass, his MEC leading fifth of the season.
Kevin Pharaon had two sacks and a total of eight tackles on the game.
Fairmont State improved to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the MEC.
Wesleyan, 1-5 overall and 1-5 in the MEC, will return to action on the road next Saturday when they travel to Urbana for a 1 p.m. kick-off.
(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)